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The Susan Murphy Milano Show: The Lights Went Out inTopeka for Victims of Violence, Part 2

The Susan Murphy Milano Show, “Time’s Up!”

Thursday, September 29, 2pm ET

Listen LIVE at: Here Women Talk

When Shawnee County, KS District Attorney Chad Taylor decided to hand over misdemeanor cases, like Claudine Dombrowski’s, to the city, she knew the consequences would be the hardest on victims of domestic violence.  Dombrowski, a victim of violence for 16 years, who ultimately lost the right to custody or visitation with her daughter through years of wrangling in court, speaks from a position of experience and first hand knowledge.

“Topeka Police Officers are forwarding misdemeanor cases involving domestic violence to the District Attorney’s Office. Stanley says the D.A.’s office has already turned away 30 cases. He believes the  victims and their families are most affected.”

Pamela Jacobs

On June 28, Pamela Jacobs joined the South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault as the organization’s new Executive Director.  Pam came to South Carolina from Kansas, where she served as the Immigration and Outreach Project Attorney for the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence (KCSDV).

Pam has over ten years experience in victim services, beginning as a court advocate with a direct service domestic and sexual violence agency, where she provided support for survivors during civil and criminal court proceedings. She continued this work throughout law school, also focusing her studies on issues impacting survivors and their families.  It was her early work as an advocate, and the incredible survivors with whom she worked, that solidified Pam’s commitment to fighting to end violence against women.

In her role with the Kansas Coalition, Pam provided direct legal representation to survivors, support and technical assistance for advocates and allies statewide, and extensive training for professionals. She also supervised a team working to improve advocacy services for immigrant survivors and survivors in underserved communities.  The team also focused on enhancing services for survivors of human trafficking, an important issue Pam hopes to increase awareness of in South Carolina.

Prior to joining SCCADVASA, Pam provided consultation services across the nation, recently presenting trainings on domestic violence assessment, working with survivors and perpetrators of sexual and domestic violence, and the impacts of oppression to audiences from Utah to Florida.

In addition to her advocacy experience, Pam has served as an adjunct professor of business administration and economics for the past five years, and as a law clerk in both state and federal court. She holds a Juris Doctorate from Washburn University School of Law and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Lincoln University.

“Pam is a dynamic and passionate leader who recognizes the importance of a statewide coalition in South Carolina to support its membership, raise awareness, educate the public, and advocate for social reform” says Gina Waller, executive director Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands, who was on the search committee to appoint the new executive director. “ With Pam at the helm, I could not be more confident in the direction and future successes of SCCADVASA as a leader of change in the movement to end domestic and sexual violence.”

Pam plans to build on the incredible work done by SCCADVASA’s former director, Vicki Bourus, and continue to build the Coalition’s presence across the state.  In doing so, Pam will work to enhance our state’s capacity to respond to sexual violence, raise public awareness of sexual and domestic violence, and increase prevention efforts. Pam also plans to lead the SCCADVASA team in a renewed focus on outreach to survivors who are facing additional barriers, such as immigrant women, LGBTQ survivors, women of color, and women in rural communities.

“I want the Coalition to be a place all advocates and allies can turn for assistance, and where survivors can be connected with the program and resources that best meet their needs,” says Pam. “Most of all, I am dedicated to enhancing the autonomy and safety of survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence and I look forward to working with the many talented and passionate advocates and allies across South Carolina.” 

 Claudine Dombrowski

Claudine Dombrowski could very well be considered a “Wounded Warrior” in the fight against intimate partner violence.  Fighting her personal battle against her abuser for over 16 years, she’s also taken her fight across the nation helping several other battered mothers who have lost custody of their beloved children to the very person who abused them.

In a recent development in her own backyard in Shawnee County, KS, District Attorney Chad Taylor decided to hand over misdemeanor cases, like Claudine Dombrowski’s, to the city, due to funding issues. Dombrowski knew the ones to pay the price for this decision would be those caught in the crosshairs of the abuser’s rage when released, and has taken her outrage to the media.(

Through organizing globally, Claudine Dombrowski, and other battered mothers, have founded American/Australia Mothers Political Party to bring attention and educate others.  Through combining their online efforts across the globe,  they are able to link together, not always physically, but by forming groups through the wonders of technology and carrying their message far and wide.

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  1. ‘Sounds like an excellent show!

    I’m all for serving the under-served! These are the populations I specialize in… In Connecticut!

    After a short “grace period,”here’s hoping Pam takes on DA Chad Taylor.
    In an article dated September 8th, the number of misdemeanors are staggering!
    As quoted by the Capitol Journal/CJ-online:

    “At 4 p.m., Taylor made public a one-page letter to Stanley, Topeka Police Chief Ron Miller and acting city attorney Craig Spomer that said based on cuts in the prosecutor’s budget, the district attorney’s office would no longer prosecute misdemeanors that occur within the city limits.

    Such prosecution, he said, would be the responsibility of the city attorney’s office.

    The district attorney’s office will complete prosecuting the city misdemeanors that remain open, Taylor said
    . As of Thursday, there are 498 open misdemeanors, said Dakota Loomis, an assistant district attorney.

    We will continue to vigorously prosecute all felonies that occur in Shawnee County, as well as misdemeanors that occur beyond the boundaries of Topeka,” Taylor said”

    Blah Blah, Blah… Who will help with the intimate partner violence “misdemeanors” that “don’t matter?”

    Donna R. Gore, M.A.

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